Indochine (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

France, 1992.  , , Bac Films, Orly Films, Ciné Cinq, Centre National de la Cinématographie, , Canal+, , , , .  Screenplay by , , , Regis Wargnier.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Epic French film plays like the kind of grand melodrama that hasn’t been seen on screen in years. A wealthy plantation owner (Catherine Deneuve) in French-controlled Indochina is also adoptive mother to the orphan princess () of the nation. The political events that are starting to pull colonial rule out of the area are reflected in their relationship, which grows distant when Dan Pham falls in love with her mother’s lover () and runs away with him. The photography is scenic and gorgeous, there are thousands of extras and lots of grand adventure, while Deneuve’s spirited performance dominates the screen.

Academy Award:  Best Foreign Language Film
Nomination:  Best Actress (Catherine Deneuve)

Golden Globe Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

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